Tech2 news teamMay 02, 2020 04:42:58 IST
A cybersecurity researcher claims he discovered that his Xiaomi phone was tracking its behavior and usage patterns, as well as collecting various types of data from the device.
The researcher was using Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 and claims that the device was recording his web browsing history (even in incognito mode), tracking what he was viewing on the device's News Feed feature and even recording the folders that it opened on the device, including every time it opened the status bar and the settings page. That was first reported by Forbes.
The researcher also says that the recorded data is sent to "remote servers in Singapore and Russia, although the hosted web domains have been registered in Beijing".
The researcher also says that he tested some other Xiaomi devices – Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Redmi K20 and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 – and found that they are also recording user data in the same way.
Xiaomi refuted all claims stating that the only data collected:
- is collected with the user's consent
- is completely anonymized and used for analytical purposes only
- goes through servers compatible with local law
- protected by industry standard security practices certified by third parties.
Xiaomi, in its statement, also notes that other internet companies also collect data and that Xiaomi's data collection is no different from that collected by other companies. Xiaomi also claims to have contacted the researcher directly and that the reports are a misrepresentation of Xiaomi's privacy and data collection practices.
"This video shows the collection of anonymous browsing data, which is one of the most common solutions adopted by Internet companies to improve the overall experience of the browser product by analyzing non-personally identifiable information," said Xiaomi. Forbes.
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